It's been awhile since I've been around, so if this kind of thing is still taboo.....
Anyway, I've never really been into guns much. I've shot with friends a little here and there. Owned a few Glocks over the years. Nothing really in depth. There's been a lot of riff raff going on in this area; cars and houses getting broke into etc.... Night before last at about 2am, I was sitting in the bedroom playing a game, and I heard our screen door open and the handle being jingled. I figured it was prob. one of my friends, so as I was heading through the living room, I hit the lights. As soon as the lights came on, whoever was at my door took off like a bolt of lightning! With all the stuff that has been going on around here, I made mind up right then to buy a gun the next day.
So yesterday I went to the nearest shop, and started looking around. I had about $550 in my pocket to spend, so my options were pretty open as far as selection. I got to looking around, and came across these decently priced guns called Hi Point. With the prices they had on them, I thought there was no way they could be very good. The shop owner and I got to talking. I told him what I needed one for, my budget, and he actually said the Hi Points were prob. the best for my needs. He got out the 9mm, 40 S&W, .45ACP, and a 380ACP.
Since my wife is a tiny little thing at 79lbs., I narrowed it down to the 9mm, and the 380. She hates guns, but I wanted something she would be able to handle if she absolutely had to. I talked to the owner a bit more, and ended up going with the 380. I got the gun, 2 extra clips, and 2 boxes of ammo for $220 out the door.
I called a buddy that lives out in the country, and we decided we were going to put it through it's paces last night. So I went back and picked up 2 more boxes of rounds. We put 175 rounds through it last night. It took around 5 clips to get the sights adjusted, after that, I was able to keep my hits within a 3" spread, and out of those rounds, it only jammed 3 times. I think those jammed rounds was because of the shells, not the gun itself. We marked each jammed shell w/ a sharpie and reloaded them, and they jammed the second time around as well.
For what I put into it, I'm extremely pleased with what I got. I have to say it def. surprised me. It's not the prettiest gun in the world, but it'll get the job done if I need to. The bad thing is, my buddies dad let me shoot his WW2 Springfield 1911 .45, now I'm hooked and I want one! That gun was just freaking awesome!
I'll post some pix of the Hi Point I bought when the camera batteries charge up!